3 Handy Stop Blocks
Increase the precision of crosscuts and tablesawn joinery
Synopsis: Improve the accuracy of tablesawn crosscuts with stop blocks. Simple but effective, stop blocks ensure that identical parts end up identical lengths, and that corresponding joinery ends up in the right spots. Bob Van Dyke uses three stops regularly: a flip stop for most cuts, an adjustable stop for pinpoint accuracy, and sliding stop that makes it safer to cut short parts.
We’ve all heard the old adage “Measure twice, cut once,” but when it comes to cutting parts to length on the tablesaw, it’s better to measure once, then use a stop block. Stops ensure that identical parts end up at identical lengths, and that corresponding joinery ends up in the right spots. Instead of measuring individual parts, you measure once to locate the stop block and then use the block as a registration point when cutting the parts to size.
I use three stops pretty…